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SANTA ANA – An Orange County sheriff’s deputy accused of coercing prostitutes to perform sex acts on him while he was on duty is free on bail today pending arraignment Dec. 13. Deputy Richard Rodriguez, a 43-year-old Chino resident arrested Thursday, posted bail over the weekend, said a spokesperson for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The deputy, on administrative leave since the investigation started in March, had been held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Rodriguez is scheduled to be in court in Santa Ana Dec. 13 to answer allegations of picking up prostitutes in his patrol car while on duty and forcing some to strip, photographing some in the nude or touching them sexually. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre He is charged with five felony counts of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit, three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery and one misdemeanor count of engaging in acts of prostitution, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Sheriff’s detectives started investigating Rodriguez about eight months ago when one of the alleged victims came forward. Sex crimes detectives asked that any other victims call them at (714) 647-7419. Rodriguez, on administrative leave since March, is accused of illegally detaining as many as 12 prostitutes who worked along Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana and Garden Grove, according to prosecutors. The prostitutes were driven to a secluded area, where he would order them to strip, touch them sexually or photograph them, authorities said. If convicted of all charges, he faces up to five years and eight months in prison. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.